Perfectionism + Disordered Eating + Body Image
Disordered eating refers to a wide range of eating behaviors and can go hand in hand with diagnosable eating disorders. What separates disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders is the severity and frequency of behaviors. Disordered eating can have a significant impact on a person's emotional, physical, and social functioning, in addition to being tied to anxiety, depression, and perfectionism.
Body image and self-esteem are how one perceives themselves and how they feel in their own body. Someone struggling with poor body image may be critical of their appearance and have distorted thoughts about particular parts of their body, such as obsessively thinking they have a large nose when others would disagree. One might think they are unattractive and feel ashamed, anxious, and self conscious based on their perception of their body.
Is perfectionism controlling your eating habits and how you feel about your body?
- Adhere to rigid and inflexible rules around food and exercise?
- Obsessively calorie count?
- Feel better about yourself when you stick to eating "safe," "clean" foods?
- Feel guilty or a failure when you eat bad, forbidden foods?
- Think your sense of worth is tied to what you look like on the outside?
- Lack self confidence/self esteem?
It is normal to want to look our best but for some individuals, they become overly preoccupied with their appearance and believe their body or a particular part of their body makes them imperfect.
Being overly fixated on one's diet and self image not only takes up a great deal of mental and emotional energy, but it can also be extremely detrimental to one's physical health and overall well-being.
There may be days when we all feel uncomfortable or unsatisfied in our bodies. One key to having a positive, healthy relationship with our bodies is to not have our worth attached to what we eat and what we look like on the outside.
As your coach, I will challenge the negative, limited beliefs you have about your image and guide you to self and body acceptance, through self-esteem and body image coaching.
If you are ready to start having a better relationship with your body, click the button below to schedule your free 30 minute mini session today!